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Roy's 'okey dokey', but I miss show - Bill

RETIRED sports anchor Bill O'Herlihy has admitted that he'd have loved to be in the presenter's chair for Ireland's clash with Scotland.

"When the match is big and the occasion is big and the audience is big, you inevitably say to yourself, 'What the hell am I doing at home?'," he said, adding that he has no regrets about retiring.


In these cases, his family are treated to the analysis that the viewers would have received, he admitted.

"But my wife Hilary at that stage usually says 'I'm going into the next room to watch it on my own'," he said.

He praised presenter Darragh Maloney who took over as his replacement, saying: "I can tell that in six months, people are going to be saying: 'Bill Who?'."

Bill, who was on hand to help launch Radio One presenter John Murray's Christmas album, also lent his support to Roy Keane following his hotel run-in with a fan.

"I think poor old Roy certainly creates news all the time but he doesn't generate most of that - it's generated by others," he said.

"But he's a magnet for bad news at times - whether that upsets Martin O'Neill is another matter - but he says it doesn't. What I gather is that his relationship with the players is very good and his contribution is very good and that overcomes everything," O'Herlihy added.

John Murray kick-started Christmas on RTE yesterday when he launched his second Christmas album, A Murray Christmas 2 with proceeds going to depression support organisation Aware.

Murray said he felt the stigma of mental illness after returning to work a year ago following a battle with depression.

"When I went back to work, you'd notice that a few people wouldn't necessarily be running up to you," he revealed.

"And I understand it, because it's one of these illnesses that people who don't have it don't appreciate what it is, and they don't know how to deal with it."


"I can't say enough good about my colleagues. When I went back to work they were fantastic," he said.

The album features a line up of artists such as Lisa Hannigan and Declan O'Rourke, with readings from award-winning writer Michael Harding, Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and Downton Abbey actor Allen Leech.